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Weardale offers the greatest variety of outdoor pursuits available in the countryside. The extreme geological terrain and historical mining has created a challenging environment for a variety of outdoor pursuits above and below ground. The dale boasts miles and miles of open moorland, riverside footpaths and open pasture to enjoy.


Harehope Quarry 

Bushcraft at Hamsterley

Harehope Quarry is a former limestone quarry in Weardale, Co. Durham.  The quarry is a Local Wildlife Site with areas of wet woodland, species-rich limestone grassland and ponds and rivers.  The site is renowned for its exposures of Frosterley Marble as well as characteristic features of limestone geology, including Jacob’s Pot.

The quarry is managed to promote biodiversity, provide some permissive access and encourage outdoor learning through educational visits, courses and events.  Facilities at Harehope Quarry include:

  • Purpose-built outdoor classroom
  • Dedicated bushcraft/Forest School site
  • Outdoor cooking facilities
  • Outdoor play and delivery area
  • Workshop



Harehope Quarry
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL13 2SG

Phone: 07807 002032


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For more information about special events


Weardale Adventure Centre


Outdoor Activities for adults and children.